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Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR)  is a 6 week programme which aims to increase a patients ability to perform everyday tasks such as housework or just getting around. They will be required to attend 2 sessions of two hours weekly following a pre assessment to assess their suitability for the course and address any needs prior to starting the course. 

Patients referred to PR must be over 40,  have a Confirmed diagnosis of a respiratory condition and an MRC score of 3-5. Patients need to be motivated  and attend all classes to achieve the  best possible results. (see Inclusion/exclusion criteria- PR referral form.  Maybe they have frequent chest infections, visits to GP or hospital admissions, poor understanding of their condition or poor compliance to medication. It is a great way to build patients confidence getting them out and about, socialising and  meeting others with similar limitations in life.  

Due to busy classes run in ‘gym like’ settings those that require 1:1 support or have very poor mobility/ communication or cardiac issues, may need PR in the home setting or may not be suitable. 

Interpreters are available and those that have no form of transport and can not fund public transport may be eligible for transport provided by the trust. 

Our classes run at two venues depending on patients home addresses:

1.St Johns Church Hall, Sparkhill. Monday and Wednesday afternoons 1.30pm-3.30pm

2.Pannel Croft Village, Newtown. Tuesday and Thursday Mornings 10am-12pm

Classes are run by specialist respiratory physiotherapists and healthcare support workers who will support the patients with exercises tailored to their capability with a general progression over 12 sessions (6 weeks) Following an hour of exercise the group will then receive refreshments and a 45 minute talk on various subjects to support self management of their respiratory condition in the community. Subjects include:

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Respiratory System
  • What IS COPD/Asthma Bronchiectasis
  • Why it is important to exercise
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Managing SOB 
  • What to expect from going into hospital
  • Energy Conservation
  • Goal Setting
  • Medications and Self management Plans
  • Healthy Eating

Above all PR is great fun! Many patients request to come back and report improvements with their breathlessness and confidence with dealing with their respiratory diagnosis.


Community Respiratory Service
Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Lansdowne Health Centre
34 Lansdowne Street
Winson Green
B18 7EE

Click here to download the referral form